Workshops & Specialty Dining
Welcome to Southern Exposure's Fall 2020 Season!
In light of COVID-19, this season we are posting our workshop offerings in three different installments. Our October workshops are now live and ready to accept reservations. The second installment will be our November “Decorating on a Shoestring” dates which will be made available around the beginning of October, and finally our December workshops and specialty dinner which will be made available around the beginning of November.
In all, you'll find a total of 33 fun workshops in our Fall 2020 season, including new choices and many of your seasonal favorites...plus a specialty dining event called "White Christmas." Join us for some learning, fun, and friendship. We look forward to serving you with the style and panache you expect from Southern Exposure. Welcome!
October 2020 Workshops
What's Included: Prices include all supplies (if applicable), a full meal, beverages, and a dessert. Sales tax will be added when you make your reservation. Please read the descriptions below for more details and click on the "Register Now" button to reserve your place(s) using a major credit or debit card. Or you may call the Southern Exposure office at (269) 962-1255 for personal assistance. (Reservations Policy)
Note: Finished craft may vary slightly from posted image depending on availability of plants and other materials.
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SE-01: Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., $80
SUNBURST WREATH WITH FALL BOTANICALS: Festive holiday décor
Take a relaxing moment to enjoy October’s splendor as you add fall accents to this 28” sunburst grapevine wreath. With just a little flair and our easy step-by-step directions, you will turn a variety of fresh and permanent botanicals into a one-of-a-kind wreath that will add a festive touch to your home for fall and the holidays. You will also enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our chef.
SE-02: Friday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., $85
STACKED ROCK BIRDBATH: Two favorites in one!
Garden cairns (stacked rocks) and the harrow disc birdbath are both Southern Exposure workshop favorites. What happens when you combine two greats together? You obtain a true work of art: a garden sculpture that marries beauty with function. In this workshop you will create a 30-inch stacked rock, harrow disc birdbath on a wood base for an all-season focal point in your garden. Because the disc is steel, the thermal radiation heat of the winter sun will keep the outer ring melted, allowing your feathered friends a place to drink all winter long. Add some seasonal touches to this unique birdbath and enjoy a mouth-watering meal prepared by our chef.
SE-03: Sunday, Oct. 4, 1:00 p.m., $65 NEW!
PREPARING YOUR GARDEN FOR WINTER:
Winter’s most elegant silhouettes
With the stay-at-home order in place at the beginning of spring, many of us have spent extra time and effort this year creating beautiful retreats in our gardens, so it’s important to take the care that is needed to preserve it for the cold months ahead. Join Southern Exposure’s favorite master gardener, Scott Stokes, as he teaches you about pruning, cleaning, and splitting plants in your gardens. Enjoy a delightful meal prepared by our chef followed by creative ideas to keep your garden a focal point throughout the winter months. You will also leave with a variety of plants to put in your garden now, giving your garden a jump-start in spring.
SE-04: Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 PM, $65 NEW!
HAND SANITIZER 101: Be Wise and Sanitize!
This year has certainly transformed our daily life almost overnight. One of those transformations has been the never-ending need for hand sanitizer! While hand sanitizer itself has often been in short supply, the basic ingredients to make it remain plentiful. In this workshop, you will learn how to make your own hand sanitizer enhanced with herbal essential oils and packaged in a charming decorative dispenser. You will also be greeted with an inspired cocktail and enjoy a delectable dinner prepared by our chef.
SE-05: Friday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., $85 *** You must be 21 or older to sign up for this workshop. ***
TOAST THE SEASON: Tis the Season to Savor the Flavor!
Toast the upcoming holiday season with an array of wines, including bubbly! Relax, unwind, and sample wonderful wines and fabulous treats while you mingle and make new friends. As the fall and winter holidays approach, you will enjoy an abundance of exquisite food, exceptional wine, and great company. Savor our chef’s tantalizing dinner with four courses that complement each of the featured wines, all of which will surely make the perfect stocking stuffers or gifts for holiday parties!
SE-06: Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m., $75
AUTUMN LIGHTS: A Fall inspired lantern display
Nothing is more enchanting at night than the glow of lanterns in the garden. With Halloween right around the corner, this red rustic lantern will create just the right mood. Add both live and permanent botanicals, along with a spot of light and you have a captivating addition to your garden or room in your home. Update the display with botanicals for each season and you have a piece that can delight all year long. In this workshop you will create a scene for the fall season and enjoy a magical dinner prepared by our chef.
SE-07: Friday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
HOLIDAY DESSERT EXTRAVAGANZA: Simple and creative holiday treats
Whatever the holiday, food is always at the center. At this time of year, we are putting on our aprons, getting out the mixer, and rolling up our sleeves in preparation for all those traditional holiday sweets that are waiting to be baked. This workshop will introduce you to a simple and creative dessert for each upcoming holiday: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. You'll start your evening enjoying a delicious meal prepared by our chef and then rotate between three different stations. Each station will have a hands-on element, plus you will learn how the treat was made and receive a recipe. By the end of the evening you will not only have a collection of great ideas to impress your friends, but also delicious treats.
SE-08: Sunday, Oct. 18, 1:00 p.m., $75
OLIVE BUCKET TOBACCO BASKET: Two favorites combined
Tobacco baskets and olive buckets have both been featured in past Southern Exposure workshops. Now these favorite items have been combined to create the ultimate home décor. Embracing the southern roots of the tobacco basket and taking inspiration from the season, fall flowers and foliage will further transform this piece into a delightful addition to any room. To top the afternoon off, you will enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by our chef.
SE-09: Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m., $70
AGED PUMPKIN STATUARY: No carving required!
The arrival of pumpkins means that fall is in full swing and Jennifer’s favorite season of the year has arrived! This workshop pays tribute to fall and that bright orange squash in statuary form. You will age an 8” diameter pumpkin statue and add accents using a dry brush technique to create a delightful fall decoration for any garden. Enjoy a heart-warming meal prepared by our chef to complete the perfect evening.
SE-10: Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., $85 NEW!
CONCRETE GARDEN GARGOYLES: Timeless art for your garden!
Gargoyles are a fascinating element of Medieval architecture and are recognized as “guardians” of the buildings in the form of abstract symbols designed to ward off evil spirits. Just in time for Halloween, when the veil between the living and spirit world thins, you'll learn a painting technique to transform your 18 x 22 inch concrete gargoyle into an aged bronze statue to protect your garden. You'll also enjoy an enchanted meal prepared by our chef.
SE-11: Friday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., $85
A Halloween inspired menu with simple decorating ideas
Why wait for Halloween? Let’s start the festivities early and come together to kick-off the holiday’s festivities. Join us in the large canopy for a holiday drink followed by a four course Halloween inspired meal and the Halloween edition of decorating on a shoestring. A variety of decorating ideas will be displayed, along with a simple idea for you to create and take with you. It’s the perfect way to warm-up for Halloween and debut that costume you’ve been waiting to show off.